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Application / Selection Process

Cabrillo College Dental Hygiene Program (DH) has an Application/Selection Process that allows students to submit an application all year long, once all prerequisites have been completed.

We sequence the list based on your application postmark date. All applicants will receive written notification via email of application status. Accepted students will be added to our wait list, in order, based on the certified mail postmark date of their completed application packet. All correspondence is by email.

Status letters indicate:

  • If the application is Denied, letters will detail the reason(s) for denial.
  • If the application is Accepted, applicants will be placed on the wait list.

Currently, the DH Program invites approximately 60 accepted applicants to the annual spring DH Program Orientation and Clinical Compliance meetings. These mandatory meetings lay the groundwork for students to enter the program. 22-24 students enter the program annually.

Please, contact the Dental Hygiene Department if you would like to be removed from the DH Program Wait List or to update your contact information.

You may also update your contact information by using the Contact Info Update Form




While the DH Program can guarantee placement into the program, we cannot guarantee when students will begin the program. We currently estimate a wait of 1 to 2 years from the postmark date of application.

Due to normal life events (moves, jobs, pregnancy, changes in priorities) not all of those on our wait list will actually start our program. This is one of the most difficult variables of the wait list to predict. Your wait could be less than this, or more than this, given the many variables involved.



Status Letters Emailed

Within two months of recieving application

Status Acknowledgement Form Emailed

 Every November

Acceptance Process begins for Summer Entry

depending on Wait List Status

Required Attendance
Spring Meetings

Spring Orientation and Clinical Compliance Meetings





The length of the wait list can fluctuate greatly and should not deter committed students from pursuing their goals. One of the most important things to do while waiting is to finish the required general education classes to graduate and to prepare yourself financially.

The opportunities described below will help you develop additional skills that you will use as a Dental Hygiene student and in a career in health care. It is recommended that you call Cabrillo Central Counseling for an over the phone or in person appointment at 831-479-6274.

  1. Complete your general education requirements! Make an appointment with a Cabrillo counselor to discuss general education requirements
  2. Get dental office experience
  3. Check the many classes available at Cabrillo that are valuable for dental hygiene bound students.




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